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English & Philosophy

School of Arts & Sciences

Human Resources Department


Department Chair, English & Philosophy -- CLOSED

The Department of English and Philosophy at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, invites applications for the position of Department Chair, appointment to begin August 2016. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in English and prior leadership and/or administrative experience.  Strong record of and commitment to undergraduate teaching are crucial; strong publication record is highly desirable.  The specialty is open, but expertise in World or American literature is especially welcome.  Salary and rank are negotiable.

The Chair’s primary duties are undergraduate teaching (six hours per semester) and the coordination of department affairs. The Chair reports to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and serves as the chief administrative officer of the department, providing leadership in the area of teaching, research, faculty engagement, student development, and fiscal management.

The Chair oversees approximately 30 colleagues, including full-time faculty members and adjunct instructors of first-year writing.The department offers BA majors in Literary Studies and in Professional/Technical Writing and works with the Teacher Education department to offer the BSE degree for future secondary school English teachers.  The department also offers a range of creative writing courses and collaborates with the university’s Institute for International Studies program. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit a detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae (with the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of three references), and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. (Official transcripts are required within 45 days of contract being issued.)  Please submit documents to, and  include in the subject line:  “English—Department Chair.

Employment will require a criminal background check.  MSSU is an EOE employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among faculty and staff. MSSU is an E-verify participating employer.




Applicants for employment may visit to view the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy that details MSSU policies and statistics about campus crime. A paper copy of this information is available upon request to the University Police Department at 417-626-2222.